Setting goals in Food Safety…

Food safety systems perform well as a consequence of setting clear SMART goals. As, food safety is not common sense, it must follow policies and procedures in all areas of food hygiene. Preparing for compliance in a food safety standard, such as, BRC Food can help this process. BRC requires the setting of goals across many areas of the food safety process.

As a leader or manager in a food business, food safety starts by leading by example. The setting of SMART goals helps keep focus on the daily routines of food hygiene and the challenges it brings.

Most importantly, what are SMART goals? Goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.

Following on, set tasks on what staff need to do, when they need to carry them out and how to measure the success. Just follow the SMART headings.

An example of this in food safety is ensuring all hand washing facilities are in order at all times. This is a specific task that is very relevant in food safety. How do you do this? How do you monitor this and with how much success?

In times of busy production runs or staff absence food safety routines are a challenge. Keeping up with the routine can be easier if the focus is on clear goals and how they are attained and by who? Maintaining a food safety standard, such as, BRC Food can help in keeping on top of safety routines

The setting of these goals can be part of a food safety system review which a food safety consultant can carry out. An independent pair of fresh eyes can guide on setting up of the goals in order of business priority.

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